Ottawa, ON – Kenneth Storey, Canada Research Chair in Molecular Physiology at Carleton, is being awarded the prestigious Fry Medal from the Canadian Society of Zoologists.
The award is given to a Canadian zoologist who has made an outstanding contribution to knowledge and understanding of an area in zoology. It will be presented to Dr Storey on May 16 when he delivers the Fry Lecture at the annual meeting of the society.
Dr Storey is internationally renowned for his discovery of the underlying biochemical principles that allow animals to adapt and survive in extreme environments. He is perhaps best known for unraveling the complex mechanisms that allow some types of frogs, turtles and insects to freeze solid during the winter and thaw unharmed in the spring. He has also discovered unifying principles of metabolic control that allow many kinds of animals to enter dormancy when environmental conditions become too harsh – such as winter hibernation in small mammals. His work on both freezing survival and hibernation has potential applications for improving long-term storage of human organs for transplant.
Last November, Dr Storey was also presented with a Flavelle medal from the Royal Society of Canada for his outstanding contributions to biological science.